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Museums and Culture

barnquiltWant to get a feel for Mason County’s heritage? Our popular self-guided tours are a way to do that at a time convenient for you. The Mason County Cultural Trails are a series of themed driving routes with audio and selective video narration. The Agricultural Trail, Lumber Heritage Trail and Barn Quilt Trail give people a window into the past and how it is flourishing in the present. The Sculpture Trail and Maritime Trail are in the planning stages. Information is easily accessible from or call 800.542.4600.

White Pine Village is an interactive, historic and educational experience that is a significant stop on all three Mason County Cultural Trails. Tour 30 buildings and sites displaying items from Mason County’s past, including a trapper cabin, original court house for Mason County, general store and farmstead.

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum focuses on the rich history of the car ferries, U.S. Coast Guard and the Ludington harbor and features engaging exhibits and activities.

sculpturesSandcastles Children’s Museum is a hands-on museum with over 30 interactive exhibits to promote learning through play.

Another history attraction, currently located at White Pine Village with a new location slated for 2018, is the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame. Visitors to the museum will learn about the history and value of athletics in Mason County and enjoy an engaging and memorable experience.

Waterfront Sculpture Park is located in Ludington’s popular harbor and home to 9 bronze sculptures placed throughout the walkable waterfront park, and each depicts and tells the story of Ludington’s rich history. Enjoy the playground and catch the iconic SS Badger returning or departing from Ludington.